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Author Susan Clarke Discusses “Slow Democracy”

Image of Norman Rockwell paintingMiddlebury ~ Author and advocate Susan Clark will explain the workings and benefits “slow democracy” in a talk at Ilsley Public Library in Middlebury on April 3 at 7:00 pm. Her talk,Slow Democracy and the Power of Neighborliness,” is part of the Vermont Humanities Council’s First Wednesdays lecture series and is free and open to the public. 

Clark will explain how the Slow Democracy movement brings ordinary people together to mobilize and find local solutions to local problems. In the process some find they can bridge the “us-them” divide so prevalent in our national politics.

Clark is a writer and educator focusing on community sustainability and engagement. She is coauthor of Slow Democracy: Rediscovering Community, Bringing Decision Making Back Home (Chelsea Green, 2012, with Woden Teachout). She is also coauthor of All Those in Favor, a book about Vermont town meetings (with Frank Bryan). Susan’s work has included serving as communication director of the Vermont Natural Resources Council for 8 years, coordinating a rural grants program for 4 years, and directing a community activists’ network for the northeastern US and Canada. She has taught community development at the college level for ten years. Her democratic activism has earned her broad recognition, including the Vermont Secretary of State’s Enduring Democracy Award.

About First Wednesdays

The Vermont Humanities Council’s First Wednesdays series is held on the first Wednesday of every month from October through May in nine communities statewide, featuring speakers of national and regional renown. Talks in Middlebury are held at Ilsley Public Library unless otherwise noted. All First Wednesdays talks are free and open to the public. See the full schedule of Middlebury First Wednesdays talks.

The statewide underwriters for the First Wednesdays 2018-2019 series are The Alma Gibbs Donchian Foundation, the Windham Foundation, and the Institute of Museum & Library Services through the Vermont Department of Libraries.

The First Wednesdays 2018-2019 series in Middlebury is underwritten by The Residence at Otter Creek.

“Slow Democracy and the Power of Neighborliness” is presented in partnership with Middlebury College and the Mellon Foundation.

Ilsley Public Library is sponsored by Friends of the Ilsley Library.

For more information, contact the Ilsley Public Library at 802.388.4095 or contact the Vermont Humanities Council at 802.262.2626 or , or visit www.vermonthumanities.org.


About Vermont Humanities Council

The Vermont Humanities Council seeks to engage all Vermonters in the world of ideas, foster a culture of thoughtfulness, and inspire a lifelong love of reading and learning. Because Ideas Matter.